Lowestoft man given four-month sentence for assaulting ex-girlfriend

A 20-year-old man who told his former girlfriend he was going to 'slaughter' her family and then knocked her unconscious has been sentenced to four months' detention in a young offenders' institution.

Connor Millward had been in an 'on and off' relationship with 29-year-old Deanne Brooks for a year before they split up in March last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Patricia Doggett, prosecuting, said they had arranged to meet in Reydon several months later, in October, so Miss Brooks could repay �20 she owed Millward.

Shortly afterwards Millward had caught up with Miss Brooks and after telling her 'I'm going to slaughter your family', he had grabbed her by the hair and got out of his van, hitting her head on the van door.

'She can't remember anything else, she blacked out,' said Miss Doggett.

A friend of Miss Brooks then saw Millward pull her to the ground and kick her.

As a result of the attack Miss Brooks had a graze to her eye but did not require any treatment.

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Millward, of Cambrian Crescent, Lowestoft, admitted common assault on Miss Brooks on October 25 last year.

Sentencing him, Judge John Holt described the incident as a 'nasty case of domestic violence' and said it was set against a background of earlier incidents of violence involving Miss Brooks. In addition to the custodial sentence Judge Holt banned Millward from contacting Miss Brooks and banned him from going to Reydon.

'The time has come when you must go to a young offenders' institution,' said the judge.

Danielle O'Donovan, for Millward, said Miss Brooks had been his 'first love'. She said the couple had developed an 'unhealthy and unattractive' relationship and because Millward was 10 years younger than Miss Brooks he had been less able to control his emotions.

She said he had acted immaturely and aggressively and he deeply regretted his behaviour.

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